I have now finished two weeks with Dorico. I wish I could say that I spend time with it each day, but I have had very limited time to explore. The time I have had has been very enjoyable. I've found Dorico quite easy to use. For a new user, I think I can easily say Dorico would be the easiest program to learn and the automatic layouts and intelligent decisions it makes are wonderful. I am not needing to do any editing of part other than notes and markings. The program is laying out the parts beautiful. For one like me who has used Finale and/or Sibelius, the learning curve is a little more difficult as the interface is new and different. It is probably better, but that is a tough sell when you are used to knowing where tools are and now you can't find them and even wonder occasionally if it is a feature that is implemented. Overall, though, this has been a lot of fun and it is a great program to use.
Today, I updated to the new version of Dorico which adds some great features for drum set notation as well as fingerings. I decided to put the fingerings to a test today.
I wrote a short piano arrangement to the song Greensleeves or for the Christmas season, we'll call it What Child is This. There is a moderately difficult right-hand part in the middle section that requires careful fingering. The numbering went in quite easily and I think it looks great.
Click the link below to download the PDF and enjoy this little arrangement this season!
Béla Bartók is well known for his piano works that were influenced from his deep interest and study of Eastern-European music, especially that from his native Hungarian roots. These beautiful melodies are probably not familiar to most of us, but you'll find beautiful melodies and the exciting rhythms and changing meters for which Bartók is so well known. Enjoy this great collection of Christmas Carols for the month of December.